Last week Britain had “Super Thursday”: Brits voted in local, regional, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections. Labour now has control of 58 councils—and 1,326 councillors—while the respective numbers for the Conservatives are 38 and 842. However, Opposition parties of the last few decades have made gains in equivalent elections, while on Thursday Labour lost 18 council seats.
In Wales, Labour lost one seat in the country’s Assembly but remains the largest party in the country. The SNP remains by far the largest party in Scotland, but has also lost its majority in the Scottish Parliament. Labour did very poorly north of the border, and the Scottish Conservatives are now the second largest party in the country.
So, what should the party leaderships take away from all this? A panel from across the political spectrum—including Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister for Wales, and Rob Halfon, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, offer their views.